February 11, 2012
I am interested in finding drummers who can play Sufi-style middle eastern and/or Turkish percussion. I am also interested in learning more about second line and other NOLA styles of drumming. I'm also interested in other styles as well.
I've been dabbling with mid-east drumming for close to 20 years. I know a number of usuls/iqa'as (underlying rhytmic patterns), and pick up a lot by ear, but I do not have a lot of technique for the ornamentation. I taught guitar primarily, and some other instruments, from 1995 until 2008, as well as some college level music theory from 04-08. I played guitar in the mid-90s for some Boston-area hip-hop, jazz, and r&b groups. I attended the New England Conservatory of music for a little over 2 years, and had the opportunity to study composition and rhythmic principles with Bob Moses. Occasionally, I play Turkish or Moroccan percussion with groups in Boston, when I'm visiting, and played with a few groups off an on in the late 90s early 2000s, but again, without much technique to speak of.
for the overarching stuff, by ear. If it's a really complex groove that I can't make sense of, I would prefer to see something on paper...but it's rare to find those types of grooves written down.
Maybe. I have specific restrictions on the venues in which I will play.
doumbek and bendir.
Hi. My name is Aaron. I dabble in hand percussion and set, but am mainly a guitarist by training. I used to teach music for a living, though now I teach Islamic Studies.